Peter is the Academic Director of Social Enterprise @ Goizueta and Professor of Organization and Management at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Professor Roberts founded Social Enterprise @ Goizueta after many years of conducting research on how the behavior and performance of organizations evolve over time. He has published studies on topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship; reputation, status and identity; and industry evolution in the pharmaceutical, hotel, wine and restaurant industries. For the past three years, Peter's research focus has been on social entrepreneurs, microfinance institutions, and philanthropic organizations and foundations. Before coming to Goizueta in 2003, Peter served on the faculties of Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Australian Graduate School of Management. His PhD is from the University of Alberta.


  • PhD
    University of Alberta
  • BA
    Queen's University

In the News

  • June 2, 2016
    Financial Times
    Despite consumer demand for specialty or gourmet coffee surging over the past few years, the price that growers receive in most cases have been a fraction of that.
  • November 5, 2015
    Financial Times
    "Specialty coffee roasters are currently paying about $4 a pound in the US and the price has remained more or less stable over the past few years, according to run by Professor Peter Roberts at Emory University’s business school in Atlanta, Georgia. Retail prices, meanwhile have firmed. In the third quarter of this year they were at $21.71 a pound, up 8 per cent from a year before.” Professor Roberts is featured in this article for the Financial Times.
  • August 6, 2015
    The Wall Street Journal
    "Consumer demand for better-tasting coffee is splitting the coffee market in two. A growing number of coffee roasters that deal in small farm-produced and best-flavored coffees are leaving the traditional, and more volatile, futures market, which they say has become so disconnected from their business models that it is no longer useful to manage risk.” Professor Peters and his research on the speciality coffee market are featured in this article for The Wall Street Journal.
  • July 28, 2015
    "There are a kazillion startup accelerator programs around the world, but it’s still unclear how effective they are, especially in emerging markets. A new $2.3 million three-year partnership aims to get a clearer picture. Called the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative, it teams up The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Emory University’s Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, which will study such questions as whether accelerators actually accelerate growth of early ventures and what types of programs have the biggest effect on entrepreneurial success.” Professor Roberts and his team are featured in this article by Forbes.
  • April 10, 2015
    The Accelerators: Wall Street Journal Blog
    "We often get asked certain questions about accelerator programs: Do they contribute to revenue growth? Do they help companies attract investment? Do they work as well for developing-world impact entrepreneurs as they do for developed-world tech entrepreneurs? But, unfortunately, the only credible answer we have right now is: 'No one really knows.’” Professor Roberts is featured in this post from The Wall Street Journal’s blog, The Accelerators.
  • April 11, 2016
    Goizuieta Business School's Peter Roberts, Academic Director of the Social Enterprise@Goizueta, talks with Dana Barrett, Host, The Dana Barrett Show, 4/11/16
  • March 28, 2016
    It kind of goes against the notion of value added,” said report co-author Peter Roberts, a professor and the academic director of social enterprise at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He said it may be a challenge for accelerators to accept that they are still doing their jobs even if they are not filling every minute with programming.